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September 1, 2014

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California wildfire triggers air quality warning in Las Vegas

California wildfires mean smoke-filled days in Las Vegas, and a recent fire has prompted air quality officials on Tuesday to issue an air quality warning.

Though unhealthy levels of pollution had not been reached as of Tuesday morning, the Clark County Department of Air Quality issued the warning because of smoke from the wildfires combined with local weather conditions, officials said.

California firefighters are battling a 1,600-acre fire near Yosemite National Park that began on Sunday.

Department of Air Quality officials will monitor conditions and post any alerts at the department’s forecast page if conditions worsen.

Air pollution caused by smoke can aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. Officials recommend people, especially those with respiratory diseases, to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during times of poor air quality.

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